Windows Phone Developer "Mango" Tools Beta Released

With the unveiling of the Windows Phone "Mango" Update, Microsoft also announced today the beta release of the Windows Phone Developer Tools that support Mango and is now available for public download!Developers can use this beta release to get ready for the upcoming Windows Phone OS release. The new application platform capabilities coming in Mango […]

With the unveiling of the Windows Phone "Mango" Update, Microsoft also announced today the beta release of the Windows Phone Developer Tools that support Mango and is now available for public download!

Developers can use this beta release to get ready for the upcoming Windows Phone OS release. The new application platform capabilities coming in Mango deliver the following top features:

  • Background processing
  • New profiler and emulator for testing
  • Use of Silverlight + XNA together
  • Silverlight 4
  • IE9 web browser control
  • Live Tile enhancements: use of back of tiles and ability to update Live Tiles locally
  • Deep linking into apps from notifications and Live Tiles
  • Additional sensors; direct camera access, compass & gyro
  • Fast application switching
  • Networking / sockets for communications
  • Local SQL database for structured storage
  • Access to calendar and contacts for apps

Below is simple graphic to help show how new tools and resources are unlocking additional developer capabilities:

Whether you're a new or existing Windows Phone developer, now is the perfect time to take the next step and be what’s next in mobile. The checklist is simple:

[Via: Windows Phone blog]